Matty vs Matipuno: Ch.6
Matipuno and Grizz then started to circle around the ring a few times as everyone watched carefully. Soon, both of them got to the center of the ring. Soon, in a flash, they both locked up, fighting for control of the grapple. Grizz suddenly flung his right arm over Matipuno's head and successfully got him into a headlock. The lion grunted and struggled as the wolf soon walked him to the ropes and then bounced him off, throwing him into an Irish whip. As Matipuno ran across the ring and bounced off the opposite side of the ropes, Grizz waited for him to come back as he clotheslined him to the ground. Matty gritted his teeth as the impact of Matipuno's back to the mat was heard. Daigo clapped, cheering him on.
The lion shook his head in dizziness and watched as Grizz picked him up. As he got onto his feet, Grizz got him into a headlock again, but tightened it as a hold. Matipuno closed his eyes and struggled, pulling on his arms as hard as he could. Grizz held on as he wrenched on his h
Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.1Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.15 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Aw, geez, I usually am not any good at telling stories, especially ones about myself. What the heck? I love a good challenge nowadays.
You know something? I know crazy things happen in the world of Pokémon, but I never thought anything would be anything like my life.
Wait, no Dang it! I already failed at my story. I didn't even tell you my name Aw, well, might as well retry and get started. Sorry if I sound uninterested or lazy, I get nervous when I tell my personal story. I really am a nice, caring, and "sweet" guy, according to some elderly women that told me. Uhh
Okay, my name is Thomas Oliver Gungsten. Well Actually, my REAL name is Oliver Thomas Gungsten. However, because I really hate the name Oliver and my parents um aren't here anymore, I decided to change the order and become Thomas instead.
I lived in a "famous" city, or so I am told, called Kilyla City. It's a little island near the Sinnoh Region. You may never have heard of it
Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.3Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.35 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Holy!" I said under my breath as I freaked.
What was I going to do? Luckily, there was a huge rock I could hide behind, so I quickly did a (and I have a feeling I am going to hate this, but I am going to say it) "barrel roll" behind it and quickly peered behind it to investigate further and get a closer look.
The two Pokémon were trapped under a huge pile of rocks, like it had fallen on top of them. They were pinned to the sand and couldn't seem to move or budge the rocks off. All I saw were their heads showing. Both were covered in scars and bruises. They were struggling very hard to get out as the tide was starting to become closer and closer.
"What kind of Pokémon are those?" I wondered, looking at them.
I quickly remembered the book Kaname gave me and rustled through my backpack. I grabbed the handbook and flipped through the pages to find what kind of Pokémon they were. I looked at the first one; it seemed to be a grayish-black puppy. Its eyes had yellow scleras an
Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.14Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.145 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The sun rose up on another beautiful day as the spirit of Kilyla City got ready to get back into the swing of things. The sunlight once again started to come up over the trees of the woods behind my home. The sunbeams were able to finally creep through my window and into my eyes. I remember I squinted as I kicked my feet in a tantrum. It was morning already? It couldn't be. I didn't accept it! I started to put the blankets over my eyes and try to go back to glorious sleep.
Suddenly, I remembered the little guys in the corner of my room sleeping on the bed I made. I quietly jumped out of my bed and quickly changed into my regular attire. Since I loved my sweatshirt so much, I had actually bought pairs, so I had an extra. After I had finished dressing and tied my headband, I slowly tip-toed over to them and looked at them carefully.
Poochyena was lying on his back. He was so cute. His tongue was sticking out of the side of his mouth, and his right ear and paws keep twitching. I giggled a
Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.5Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.55 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Buizel and Poochyena had bowls full of Pokéfood and apple juice, enjoying it on the floor as the old man and I sat at the table as usual.
"I never thought I would've seen it, Thomas," he said, smiling with such pride, "You in the presence of Pokémon; who'd of thought it? I just never believed it could happen."
"It's like you said, Old Man," I replied quietly, "I never knew when Well, I'm not in 'love' with them, but I-"
"I understand," he cut me off nicely, "So, do you think you are going to keep them?"
My eyes widened with a face of 'awakening', if you would think. Keeping them?
Wow, what a wake-up call. I did not even think that far.
"Old man, I don't even think that I could even go so far to capture them, especially after all they've been through," I said.
He took a sip of his juice and looked at me. "Oh, are you sure? I'm sure those two young boys would be perfect for you to take care of."
I'm sure I did a double-take there as I blinked. I was taken back.
"Did you s
Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.2Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.25 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
After a few hours, I was already heading from the old man's house to the School to hang out with a few of my friends. It was lunchtime, so the board allowed me to visit them outside. None of them had a Pokémon YET, so I felt more comfortable when I visited them.
My friends were easy to find for they stood out in a crowd to me. Tucker, the curly red-headed "fireball", wore only red clothing, usually a tank-top and shorts with black sneakers. He was always "on-fire", awaiting barely the ability to have fire Pokémon. Jocinda, wearing a blue skirt, pink sandals, and brown hair that formed into a ponytail, was sort of a daydreamer, always wanting to take to the skies. No wonder her love for flying-types was expected and came through from her. Lastly, Kaname, bulging in a huge tan hooded-coat that covered his black spiky hair, black pants, dark shade-goggles, and brown sneakers, was always the slacker; always complaining, never does anything about it, the laziest kid in the School,
Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.9Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.95 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Swampert and Machamp gasped and took a step back as Mr. Pepperridge yelled, "What in the world! What is going on!?"
I let my head drop as I balanced myself on my wrists and knees. I began to clench my fists as hard as I could. The pain was too much for me to bear. I started to have tears run down my face.
All the kids started panicking. Some of the girls let out blood-curdling screams as I heard other kids say things like 'what just heck just happened'.
"Thomas!!" I heard Tucker scream as he and the others rushed to my side.
"Thomas, are you okay!?" Jocinda covered her mouth, squealing.
"Dude," Tucker yelled, "You just took a direct hit!"
I couldn't reply; I just screamed, "AAAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!"
I heard Kaname say, "Jocinda, go get the school nurse and the principal now! Thomas is really hurt badly!"
She nodded as she started to get up.
"Oh, wow!" Tucker said, "His sweatshirt has a huge hole torn into it and his back's bleeding! He must've been hit hard!"
"He's going to need imm
Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.7Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.75 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As I passed people and Pokémon, I had flipped up hood over my head, so nobody could recognize me. I hurried as fast as I could past people without falling or running. I looked down at Buizel and Poochyena; both looked like they had fallen asleep. However, they snuggled and looked up at me with total satisfaction and happiness on their faces. I smiled back at them.
"We're almost at the school, guys," I said, "I need you to be ready to hide."
Both nodded as we arrived at the schoolyard. I first checked as if to who was there. Nobody was there; the bell must've not rung yet. I quickly scanned the area for a hiding place that was close to the table I sat with my friends.
A-ha! A big bush right next to it. Perfect! I quickly hurried over to the bush and bent down in front of it. I unzipped my sweatshirt and both of them popped out in front of me.
"Okay, you two!" I said, "I want you to listen very closely. You are to hide in this bush and remain here until I come and bring you out to t
Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.12Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.125 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"I'm fine," I smiled gently at them, "Actually, I was thinking about carrying them home myself, if that's okay "
I looked down at the ground for a second and looked back up to see my friends staring in unbelief at what I just said. Suddenly, a smile streaked across their faces.
"Dude! Are you serious?" Tucker said excitingly, "You holding Pokémon? I gotta see this!"
Buizel and Poochyena made excited grunts as they looked at me. They started to become fidgety as their tails were violently cutting the wind. They looked at me, begging me to come and carry them. Jocinda and Kaname walked over to me as I nodded.
"First, though," I said, "I need my backpack."
Kaname nodded as he briefly put Buizel down and handed me the backpack. I put it on as it covered the hole in my shirt, which makes me wonder: why didn't I think of putting it on at the schoolyard? Maybe I was just super tired and weak. Then again, Kaname took it; he probably put it on because I didn't have the strength or so
Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.15Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.154 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Hello, again! It's been a while since I last talked to you! Let's see where was I? Oh, yeah, the amusement park on the vacation day.
Anyways, I made my way past what seemed to be millions of people as I hurried to where I was supposed to meet my friends. Many people seemed to notice me; I have a humungous hunch why.
I can hear it now, "THOMAS OLIVER GUNGSTEN PROTECTED POKEMON!? BUT I THOUGHT HE NEVER WANTED ANYTHING TO DO WITH THEM!! YOU DON'T THINK HE MAY HAVE DECIDED TO BECOME A POKEMON TRAINER, DO YOU!?"
Yeah, yeah, that's what I thought. But, I was not gonna have any of that. One, I don't need any person teasing about me about it. Two, today was gonna be a great day! I couldn't wait for it!
I made a quick left, and pulled out some money out. 'Two dollars admittance' is what the sign said that I read near the entrance I had gotten too. I paid my toll to the man, said thank you when he let me in, and he smiled at me and said I was welcome. I ran into the park. Geez, talk about
Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.36Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.364 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
My heart fluttered with happiness. I smiled at them. I mean, if we remember, I mentioned that the bond between us was a brotherly bond. Now these two made it a reality. I had a family again. I had two older brother who loved me and care about me. They smiled at me. It made me so excited just to be with them now that I heard that.
"We'll explain," Sasuke said, "After all that happened up to that point, we wanted to show you how we felt about you. So, we decided to draw you a picture."
"The picture you showed that night I came back from the carnival," I said.
"Yes," Naruto nodded and continued, "When we showed it to you, we could tell you loved it. And when you told us you loved us back, we decided to stay with you. We loved you and never wanted to leave your side."
"That whole month you spent with us made our love for you grow," Sasuke added, "You tickled us, snuggled us, nursed us to health from sickness and injuries, and many other things. We had never felt so loved."
I nodded a
Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.4Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.45 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Sunlight was the thing that woke me up today as I woke up to an extremely bright light. My window was above my head on the bed, so it just beamed right in my eyes. I groaned as I pulled the sheets over my face. I looked at the clock: 9:00 exactly. I wondered why I had gotten up so early; I might as well sleep in. I didn't have to start my day until over a half an hour
Suddenly, I flew the covers off me. That was right! I was going to check on Buizel and Poochyena today!
I quickly threw on my usual outfit. After I tied my headband, I grabbed my backpack and grabbed the usual breakfast sandwich. I shoved it all in my mouth as I ran out the door, locked it, and ran to the beach as fast as I could.
I was panting for air as I landed on the soft sand of the alcove. I looked around and began to investigate the area as I gripped my backpack tight. I checked carefully around where I had come from and the ocean line I could see. I saw absolutely no sign of either of them.
Then, an idea
Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.49Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.494 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Everybody gasped at what I just said. However, I do understand why they gasped. I mean, I was accusing a Rescue Team of lying. I felt everybody's eyes on me as I walked to a space where everybody could see me.
"What!? Are you accusing my leader of lying!?" Houndoom snarled at me.
"Actually, no," I said, "But I find it quite odd by a couple of things. I mean, where's your proof?"
Team Pitchblack sort of blinked in shock at this question. They looked amongst themselves as Cofagrigus chuckled and shook his head.
"What the heck are you talking about, kid?" Mandibuzz asked, as her leader put Zev back down on the ground with Psychic.
I replied, "Well I mean, where's the proof that Zev stole something? I mean, I'm sure you guys are a very respected Rescue Team, but from what I know, you need to present physical evidence if someone does something illegal. You can't just blame someone because they're a bad person like a thief."
I immediately heard some chuckling and scoffing from the crow
Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.21Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.214 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I didn't know what happened. I was just consumed with rage. But something was different. All I could see was red. Like bloody, fiery red. I just glared at the thing who had driven me this far.
It wasn't Mr. Pepperridge at all. I wasn't angry at him, despite his actions. It wasn't even what he said. I mean, yeah, sure it hurt. But "sticks and stones" is my motto to angry, hurtful words. I couldn't care about them. What was angering me was that look
That cold dark hateful look. I HATE IT!!! Why does everybody look at me that way?? I can't stand that look being glared at me! It drives me mad!!
I don't know if the rage or that red color or whatever it was drove me but I soon found my right hand form into a fist, and then fly at high speeds. It drilled into Mr. Pepperridge's jaw hard, ending his center of gravity backwards off balance. He fell hard on his back, smashing into the dirt. I'm pretty sure everyone reacted with a gasp and some words, but
Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.32Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.324 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Suddenly, my feet felt something. Grass. Ground. A place to stand! I opened my eyes, despite the burning, and found that I was in the scenery that the portal shown. I panted with heavy breaths; man, that hurt so much. My whole body was completely sore. It hurt to even breathe. I looked down and glanced at my body; yep, it was still yellow and covered in fur. Wait a minute I was standing then, how come I'm closer to the ground?
I tried to speak a word and take a step, but suddenly my body gave out. After so much physical pain, I wasn't able to move anymore. I winced and felt my body slowly start to lean forward, meaning I was falling. I closed my eyes and readied for impact. Just as I came closer to hitting the ground hard, I felt two arms grab my torso and gently place me down on the ground.
I then heard the first voice say, "Oh no! Is he okay?"
Then the second voice said, "Yeah, he's fine. It looks like he's over exhausted and maybe a little sore."
"S-Sore?" the first one
Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.16Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.164 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
My brain sent an impulse to my body as Shield charged at me, using Slash. I barely got out of the way to see Shinja coming at me with Acid Spray. I swear, my eyes got super huge around my sockets as I rolled to the right and behind Jocinda, who with Tucker, immediately stopped them from advancing.
"P-Purgy! What are you doing!?" Lyr screamed, surprised.
The boy smirked as he looked at me.
"You can't fool me, Thomas," Purgy said, "Shinja told me you have Pokémon on you. So, come on; let's battle!"
With that statement, Shinja and Shield grunted and advanced closer. Molly and Lyr got excited and looked like they might join in at any moment. I got fearful again; my knees immediately felt weak as Jocinda and Tucker kept their bodies between me and potential pain.
"N-No! Please, wait! You don't understand!" I pleaded.
"ENOUGH," We all heard a bold voice say.
I turned to see Kaname had a serious face. He turned to Purgy and acted like his uncle, being an adult.
"Purgy, tell Shinja and Sh
Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.43Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.434 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"No! Zev, please," Sasuke begged, not daring to take a step forward, "Listen, we don't want any trouble. Please, just let Thomas go."
"Nuh-uh-uh-uh " Zev playfully taunted him, "You gotta meet my demands and then I might just let him go."
"Okay, fine," Batsu said calmly, "Let's hear your demands. What is it you want?"
Zev taunted me by rubbing me against his leg and stroking my right cheek. I grunted, closed my eyes, and was forced to feel this as he chuckled at me. He could tell it bothered Naruto and Sasuke, who had gotten gravely angered faces at it. They were shaking with anger as they kept their eyes fixed on me. King and Batsu did the same, but not with so much intent of helping me. He then answered Batsu.
"That bag of yours that has berries in it, right?" Zev asked, "I want it."
"W-What?" Naruto said, going from angry to stunned, "But we need the bag and the berries in it for the mission we're on."
Zev shook his head and kept rubbing my face in a taunting way as he sa
Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.13Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.135 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I closed the door with a slam using my right foot. As I turned into my house, it seemed like it shined, like I was in Heaven. I was so glad to be back at home after a long day. I looked around as I started to grow weary for my bed.
"Well, here we are," I said to them, "This is my home."
I bent down as they began to look around in amazement. I set them down as they began to slowly creep on the ground. I smiled at them; this was the first time they had ever been in a human house, I suppose. Poochyena began to sniff the ground as Buizel stood on his tip-toes and looked around. I smiled slightly as they began to look around the kitchen. I decided to leave my backpack on the kitchen floor, but before I could, I heard a crash. I looked across the room to see that Poochyena had knocked down the broom near the sink.
He looked at me and smirked nervously. Buizel dropped his head and exhaled, shaking his head. I just glared at him with an amused grin.
"It's okay," I told them, "It's all right. I
Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.11Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.115 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Who? What?" I asked.
Tucker stopped as we all looked at him. He seemed worried, and like I said, if Tucker was worried, we all should be worried. I had no idea was wrong with him, but whoever this 'Skyler' person was that Tucker talked about, I was starting to worry for Buizel and Poochyena's safety.
"Are you being serious, Tucker?" Jocinda asked as she peered back into the schoolyard, "Is he following us?"
"No, but he sees us with these little guys and is watching us. I suggest we get going as fast as we can," he responded.
"Wait a minute," I asked, "What is going on here? Who is this 'Skyler' guy you're talking about? Is he going to be a problem?"
"See? There he is," Tucker said, to me at the time ignoring what I said.
I looked back into the yard to figure out who he was talking about. I scanned the area to see everybody still playing or talking. Just then, my eye caught a teenager walking with his hands in his pockets across the yard. He had black hair with two bangs acr
Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.20Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.204 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
With a confident smirk, I set the Walkie-Talkie back down on the table and looked at my stunned friends and family. For the first time in my life, I was gonna stand up to Mr. Pepperridge. Buizel and Poochyena were eyeing me somehow; they looked like they were proud and impressed.
"HAHAHAHAHA!!" Tucker laughed, "That outta spin his head around for a while! Nice one, Thomas!"
I sorta laughed myself; I was pretty sure as I still am that Mr. Pepperridge was ranting in his own rich and snobby polite way before he came to see me.
"Thomas, do you want us to leave for a while for you to talk with him?" Principal Vicar asked me.
"Aww and miss him gut that jerk like a Magikarp out of water?" Molly whined.
Just as Jocinda and/or Kaname was about to correct her, I shook my head and said, "No, I want you guys to be here. I don't trust him anymore. I suspect he could try to pull a fast one. Besides, you're his boss, so that would be a way to make sure he stays clean. Old Man Fellows, hold my P
Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.26Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.264 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Thomas. Get up. Come on."
I was aroused out of my peaceful sleep by someone shaking me and speaking loudly. In a sleepy-drunken state, I sat up and rubbed my eyes.
"W-Who ?" I started to say.
Then I recognized what was going on and saw the person who woke me was Old Man Fellows.
"Get up, Thomas. You overslept. We need to get you going out of here," he said.
"Oh, geez! Thanks for waking me!" I thanked.
I shook my head and hit my face a few times. The pain shooting through the numbness woke me up. I looked down to see Buizel and Poochyena still asleep in the orange and white blanket. I gently ripped it off them, stuffed it into my backpack, and got dressed. Once all packed, I rushed over to them and began to shake Buizel gently.
"Buizel, wake up!" I said urgently, "We need to move!"
With that, Buizel shook his head and blinked, waking up. He widened his eyes, realizing we needed to move most haste. We both turned to Poochyena, who was snoring. I tried to shake him gently, but he wo
Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.24Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.244 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Well, it was late evening when we had gotten to my house. The crisp and chilly winds had swept through the outside city streets. Meanwhile, all of us in my house were nice and cozy . Well, maybe the cozy part. It was mostly ugly (the circumstance, not a face description, gosh) in the room. I was barely able to speak a word though. The message we received cut through me like a sharp-steeled sword through a weak shield. Matty, on the other hand, was recapping out loud.
"Okay, let me get this straight," he said unimpressed, "Mr. Pepperridge is this rotten jerk who has basically harassed Thomas every day of his life to attend a school."
"That's correct," Principal Vicar said shortly.
"And, so he deliberately did this whole scheme to force Thomas to become a trainer at the school?" Matty asked.
"Correct again," the principal answered.
The boy asked, "Then, he flips Thomas over the edge and gets pummeled and fired."
The principal answered again, "Correct."
"And now, you're telling us,"
Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.10Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.105 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As that rotten excuse of a teacher Err, I mean As Mr. Pepperridge and his two Pokémon went into the school building, Principal Vicar began rubbing his shoulder like his nephew and looked at us.
"It's probably going to be a long time and conversation to convince him that you did the right thing, Thomas," he said exhaling, "Oh, this is going to be annoying. What a drag "
"I know, right?" Kaname fixed his hood, "What a pain "
"Hey," Jocinda snapped, "Now don't you go and start in!"
I rolled my eyes as Nurse Joy said, "There you go, Thomas, your injuries are completely gone."
I was able to barely stand as I brushed off my pants. I staggered, but I was able to stand. However, I felt like a ton of unstable bricks, about to fall at any time.
"How do you feel?" I heard her ask me.
"My back is no longer bleeding," I winced, "but my whole body is completely sore and numb at the same time. It's so hard to move. Thank you so much, Nurse Joy, and your Meganium too."
Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.54Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.544 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Finally, we got into the base as I saw the bed. Man, it looked so inviting as I yawned and slowly dragged my feet over. Gosh, what a day! Let's recap!! I get turned into a human while being awake, something I will do again if needed but rather not. I got pelted . No . had a rock DRILLED into my temple by King. He then threatened to beat me up. I get introduced to the leader of my new home, only to be challenge him on saving a child's life. We then go on a rescue mission with the strongest rookie that's tied with Sasuke, the Square bully, and a famous and hated pickpocket. Oh, right, I got taken hostage by him. We fight some battles, including a huge Ariados that poisons me. When we get back, I have to save the pickpocket's life from being blamed for a crime he didn't do. I almost get banned from being a Rescue Team member, end up getting saved. Now I have the top Pokémon watching me and a girl who might be in love with me. What a happy place
And that was only parag
Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.8Thomas Buizel Poochyena: Ch.85 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
We all whirled our heads to see Mr. Pepperridge grinning gleefully as he held Buizel and Poochyena in his arms near the bush! My friends were speechless as I gritted my teeth seeing Buizel and Poochyena completely frightened and helpless, shaking in his hands.
"No!" I said, my voice trembling, "He found them!"
"Is that a Buizel and a Poochyena?" Tucker asked dumbfounded, "How on earth did they get in the city here!?"
"Thomas, what's happening?" Kaname asked me.
I kept my attention on them, but answered quickly, "Okay, fine. Long story short: Yesterday evening, I found those two almost about to drown near the beach. I saved them and came to check on them this morning. They followed me out of the woods into the city. I was going to bring them back after I chatted with you guys!"
"But, of course, 'Mr. Butthead' has to ruin you plan and your day as always!" Tucker growled quietly.
"But how?" Jocinda asked worrying, "None of us told him about the bush!"
"It's not like we were loud eno